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A sophomore state representative from the Dillsburg area announced Thursday he's running in the 2016 election for a state Senate seat.

Rep. Mike Regan, R-Dillsburg, said he's running for the seat held by long-term lawmaker Pat Vance, a fellow Republican, but won't seek re-election to his House seat next year.

With only 50 senators serving in Harrisburg, Regan said a seat in the upper chamber would allow him to have more of an effect on government.

"It's a way to certainly make more of an impact," he said. "These seats don't come open often."

Regan, who has a background in law enforcement, was first elected to the House in 2012 and successfully sought re-election last year. His district covers parts of northern York County and southern Cumberland County.

Senate: Vance, who has served in the Senate for 10 years and, before that, in the House for 14 years, hasn't announced whether she'll run again for the seat.

Reached by phone, Vance, 79, said she'll announce her intentions after the start of 2016.

Vance's seat covers a large swath of Cumberland County and parts of York County that stretch from Fairview Township in the north to Jackson Township in the south.

Regan, 54, said he was partially prompted to run because of the Republican leadership in the Senate that he sees as moving in the right direction.

He also said he's been impressed with Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township, with his "get things done" attitude.

"He points his nose in that direction and I think that's refreshing," he said.

Won't seek re-election: Regan's House seat will also appear on the ballot in 2016, but he said, he won't seek re-election since he's running for the Senate.

"I just think it's more sincere to run for one office at a time," he said, adding politicians who seek two seats at once come off as "career politicians who will do anything to keep their jobs."

In the House, Regan serves on the Insurance, Judiciary, Liquor Control and Veteran Affairs & Emergency Preparedness committees.

He's a native of Lower Allen Township, Cumberland County and a graduate of Cedar Cliff High School. He and his wife, Fran, have four children — Shea, Brooke, Ty, and Chase — and live in Carroll Township, according to a news release from Regan's camp.

Regan has served as a youth wrestling, football and soccer coach, the release said.

Senators serve four-year terms in Pennsylvania.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.

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